OPEN CALL for Exhibition "Intimate Relationship"

OPEN CALL for Exhibition "Intimate Relationship"

"Intimate Relationship", the theme of Vonmo Studio's second exhibition, was determined last summer when everyone was talking about the life-long impact from the family of origin. After hesitating for a long time, I finally got the courage to talk about my family with my friends. At that time, I determined the theme of the second session as "Intimate Relationship", a social topic related to generations.

Growing in a big family of immature parents and elders, I must be sensitive to their frailty and emotional outburst all the time. "Einstein and Einstein" (A film directed by Cao Baoping, and you can learn about the growth of our generation through this film) is a vivid showing of the dilapidation, depression and helplessness of traditional Chinese family education. Hearing the "elders" in the movie roared out familiar words that educated the next generation in the dialect of my hometown, I am immediately pulled back into the abyss of childhood helplessness step by step... It turns out that we all grow up in such a helpless condition: It is always the closest relationship that hurts each other badly. Once I even believed that I was born with a mature mind, but was slowly worn down into a lonely and naive person, or I was just the product of a family education tragedy. And my second growth stage, relearning to love and be loved, started from the escape from my family and living with my husband. In the book "Educated: A Memoir", Tara Westover explores herself step by step, tries to see her family and the world from a new perspective, and finally reconciles with herself. In the relationship with your relatives, lover or friends, I think every one of us will experience such a process in this "Intimate Relationship": escape to find new beliefs and sustenance, and ultimately come back to reconcile with ourselves, so as to maintain a healthy intimacy with others.

In the "Intimate Relationship", nobody is wrong, because everyone treats each other in the name of love which is relatively selfish. There is seldom great love in this relationship, so misunderstanding and resentment will arise. In fact, this relationship also means "my body is different from yours". It’s just like two intersecting geometric shapes, in which some parts fit well, some opposite, some can't be touched anyway, and others that seem to fit together, but fragmented when magnified… So it becomes difficult to tell, from a single aspect, whether we’re happy or painful in the "Intimate Relationship". In this exhibition, with your body as a carrier, you can express the inmost emotion through your jewelry, reinventing yourself in the theme of "Intimate Relationship".


Felicia Li

Vonmo Studio

List of Review Committee (alphabetical order):
Catarina Silva, Portugal.
Hongxia Wang, Denmark.
Kim Buck, Denmark.
Maria Rosa Franzin, Italy.
Kezhen Wang, China.
Yi Zhao, China.

Participation requirements and schedule:
Each participant is required to design and produce jewelry works according to the theme. We only accept the work produced from 2020 to 2021. The size of the exhibited works is limited to 50cm×50cm×50cm. If there are special circumstances, the competitors must contact the organizer in advance. Original works are required. Once plagiarism is found, the selection and participation qualification will be cancelled.
As the theme of exhibition is “intimate relationship”, the organizing committee needs photos that can embody the feelings between “intimate relationship” members for better comprehension of the artworks. Artworks and photos will be displayed together in the exhibition in 2021. Please ask us ( by Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for the participation application form. Submit your exhibiting information before 20 June, 2021 (the deadline for registration). No registration and participation fees.
The jury will begin to select all submitted works based on the photos on 21 June 2021. The results of the selection will be announced on the Vonmo WeChat Public Account on 10 July, 2021. The organizing committee will contact the shortlisted artists in time. It is expected that the Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition of "Intimate Relationship" will open in Shanghai on 1 Sept 2021, then tour in Beijing. The organizing committee reserves the following rights: freely display specially invited and selected works, have the right to take photos of the exhibited works and publicly use the photos for free, and use the author’s personal information for the exhibition’s domestic and foreign publicity, and portfolio publishing. After the exhibition is over, the organizer will send back the works of participating artists, including the exhibition certificate and exhibition portfolio.
*All timeline is for reference only, and the actual situation depends on the actual progress of the project. Any changes to the time involved in the cooperation process of exhibitors will be notified separately. The right to interpret related matters belongs to the organizer.

Notice when you’re Shortlisted:
Vonmo Studio respects the pricing of the works of the shortlisted artists, and there will be no commission drawn by the Studio. If the work is sold, the artist will get the corresponding fee for the price. We use Paypal or bank account to transfer the money. The handling fee is borne by Vonmo.
The shortlisted artists only need to pay the postage for the mailing of the work to Vonmo, and there’re no other costs. Vonmo will bear the customs duties and the postage when sending back the works of participating artists.